NEW DELHI, Jan 17 � Sunanda Pushkar, who was upset over an alleged extramarital affair between her Minister husband Shashi Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist, was found dead in a five-star hotel room, which police suspect may be a case of suicide.
The body of 52-year-old Pushkar, an entrepreneur who married Tharoor in 2010, was found under mysterious circumstances in luxury Leela Palace hotel in South Delhi, police said.
The Minister�s private secretary Abhinav Kumar is said to have telephoned the police control room around 2100 hours after which personnel from Sarojini Nagar Police Station rushed to the hotel.
Police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they suspect it could be a case of suicide. Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said inquest proceedings have been initiated by the subdivisional magistrate of the area. Any death within seven years of marriage is legally required to be investigated by the subdivisional magistrate.
Kumar told reporters that Tharoor and Pushkar were staying in a suite since yesterday as some painting work was on at home. The Minister was away throughout the day in the AICC.
When he came back around 8:30 pm, he found the door of her room inside the suite locked from the inside. She seemed to be sleeping in a normal way but later it was found that she was dead.
Kumar said there was no sign of foul play but whether it was natural death or not cannot be said now. Police were making arrangements to take the body to AIIMS for post-mortem. � PTI